Nevis power adapters - what plugs are used in Nevis?

Nevis power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nevis?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to Nevis if the plug you would like to use doesn't fit in a Nevis power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Nevis will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Nevis power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas in Nevis suffer from regular blackouts therefore you should pack a portable charger [4] if you need to recharge your cellphone and other devices whilst travelling during a blackout.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Nevis from the US we suggest using a power adapter for Nevis as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not commonly be found. Because the voltage is different in Nevis use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nevis power outlet then it should work in Nevis without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Nevis power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nevis such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Nevis (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nevis, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Nevis to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nevis if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nevis.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Nevis check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Nevis power adapters

Power adapters for Nevis

Different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nevis. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Nevis using the standard G, A, B or D type Nevis 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power adapters are different depending on which region you in so please read our WikiConnections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Nevis?

The best power adapter for Nevis will be a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nevis?

What is a power adapter for a Nevis power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to easily fit into a Nevis power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Do I need a power adapter in Nevis?

This will depend on the type of plug you want to use and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Nevis if I'm from America?

American Type A or Type B outlets might not typically be available in Nevis so it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nevis, however because the voltage is 230 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Nevis to prevent overheating or damage to your charger or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Nevis?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Nevis power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Nevis along with the right adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Nevis power outlet do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from another country to use their own electronic devices in Nevis simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Nevis power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nevis?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Nevis, types G, A, B and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the power outlet by the three round holes in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the wall socket by three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
What plug sockets are used in Nevis?

Do US plugs work in Nevis?

No - because the voltage is different you will need to use a power converter for Nevis if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest bringing all types of plug adapters for Nevis as American types A or B power outlet might not readily be found.

Is the voltage in Nevis the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Nevis power outlet is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for a Nevis power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Nevis?

A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Nevis power outlet.

Is a plug socket in Nevis the same as in the US?

Even though an American Type A or Type B power outlet could be available in Nevis it is still recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Nevis. The frequency is the same in America however the voltage is different so use a power converter for Nevis if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Nevis power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is a power outlet for the Caribbean the same as a Nevis power outlet?

Various islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that can be used in Nevis might not operate or fit in another island. If you are visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options should ensure you're covered for most different power outlet types which you might find.

As different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Nevis power outlet might not operate with an electrical outlet on another island. If you need further details on what to expect we've put together a similar guide to this page for every Caribbean island: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

What frequency is used in a Nevis power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Nevis power outlet is 60 Hz.

Does Nevis have many power outages?

Every week in Nevis power cuts are reported.

What is access to electricity in Nevis like?

100% of population in Nevis has access to electricity.

Should I bring a portable charger to Nevis?

A power bank

Should I bring a portable charger to Nevis?

Due to problems with the reliability of the power grid in Nevis visitors are advised to bring alternative charging options if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones reliably.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and streaming videos will drain the power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use sat nav to return to your accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [4] in Nevis lowers that risk as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a phone charger, especially when travelling to a location with power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] will supply enough energy to power around 3 full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [11] should keep a typical cell phone powered for almost seven days.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop when travelling to Nevis.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines don't let you take portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the holdso please check ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling to locations with regular power cuts such as Nevis.
Do solar battery chargers work in Nevis?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar battery chargers work in Nevis?

The climate in Nevis will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [14] dependably, but needs to be exposed to strong sunshine in order to provide enough energy for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels found on a solar backpack [13] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Nevis.
  • Phones that are directly plugged into the USB port of a solar backpack will gradually top up the battery during sunny periods in Nevis, but this could be inconvenient to have it continuously tethered to the bag during the day should it be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight, a solar bag is more often exposed to light so can be recharging a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Nevis is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for travel, work and domestic use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Nevis chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Nevis?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel power adapter for Nevis is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [15]. Nevisian use four different standards of wall outlets (types G, A, B and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Nevis?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nevis?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger rather than needing to bring numerous individual USB chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them ideal when travelling to other countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Nevis.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Nevis.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volts used in Nevis power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Nevis only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Nevis might prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to allow you to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Nevis power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Nevis power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones every night using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Nevis?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Nevis and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Nevis.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Nevis.

Power converters for Nevis

What is a power converter for a Nevis power outlet?

A power converter for Nevis allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Nevis?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Nevis, however a heavier and more expensive power converter [16] converts a 230 volt Nevis power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Nevis?

If you are visiting Nevis from a different region please check the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [17] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons in Nevis power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Nevis if I'm from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Nevis is different to an American supply so you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Nevis?

You need to buy a step down power converter [17] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Nevis.

What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [17] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Nevis before plugging that into a Nevis power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet.

What voltage does Nevis use?

Nevis uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Nevis, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [19].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Kitts_and_Nevis - Nevis Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  17. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  18. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets